UFC President Dana White has shed light on Colby Covington's next fight at the UFC 286 press conference, revealing that he is back and will fight Welterweight champion Leon Edwards next at an unknown date and location.
This fight takes place in the Welterweight (170 lbs) division.
Leon 'Rocky' Edwards holds a professional record of 21-3 and is the current champion. His notable wins include Kamaru Usman x2, Rafael Dos Anjos, and Nate Diaz.
Colby Covington holds a professional record of 17-3 and is currently ranked #2. His notable wins include Jorge Masvidal, Tyron Woodley, and Robbie Lawler.
Official odds have yet to be released.
Leon Edwards truly started from the bottom and made it to the top. Born in a gang-ridden area in the poverties of Jamaica, he moved to the UK at nine years old and, shortly after, lost his father to gang violence. Since then, he's steadily trained and proved doubters wrong every step of the way, carrying the weight of his own and his family's hopes and dreams on his back. As of tonight, he is the UFC Welterweight champion with one title defense and looks to be at the absolute height of his career skill-wise.
Known for his bold personality on Twitter, Instagram, and in person, Colby Covington is one of the most polarizing figures in MMA. However, behind his trash talk and antic are some of the most incredible stats in the UFc, such as when he broke the record for most significant strikes thrown in a single bout against Robbie Lawler, with 515. His last fight was a dominant outing against Jorge Masvidal, where he showcased both his wrestling and striking to get the win. Now at the age of 35 and already having two losses in title fights, this may be his last opportunity at the belt.
It's the underdog of the division vs. a man who's been called the 2nd best for years. Who do you think wins? Let us know your predictions in the comments below.